This Fall at UCLA Ed & IS

There is a lot happening at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.  As one of the top graduate schools in the nation, our work is enlightening information science and practice and transforming learning and schools in Los Angeles and across the globe. Here is a quick look at what’s going on this fall.

The Graduate School of Education and Information Studies celebrated the new school year with a convocation ceremony on September 27 welcoming students and faculty back to campus.  This fall, 904 graduate students will join with 61 faculty members as well as other researchers and staff in research and learning activities ranging from the study of knowledge infrastructures to the impact of trauma on learning. Among those graduate students will be some 126 new teaching candidates in UCLA’s Teacher Education Program and 34 education leaders in the Principal Leadership Institute learning to make a difference as social justice educators.

IS Associate Professor Sarah T. Roberts

Conferences & Colloquia

Plans are underway to bring some big thinkers to campus this fall. Information Studies professor Sarah T. Roberts is leading the development of the All Things in Moderation Conference, December 6-7, exploring the red-hot topic of commercial content moderation. Information Studies is also promoting the exchange of intellectual ideas through the IS Colloquium series starting on October 12 with a visit from Astrid Von Rosen, Senior Lecturer, Art History and Visual Studies, University of Gothenburg. More great IS sessions to follow.

On September 28, Julia Phelan, senior research scientist at UCLA CRESST, moderated an expert panel exploring What’s the Evidence: Do After School Programs Make a Difference for Kids? And on October 26, Ed&IS will gather brain experts, educators and others to explore learning differences and strategies to address them at the Education–Brain Research Connection, 2017 Cognitive Diversity Summit at UCLA. Connie Kasari, Professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Psychiatry at Ed&IS and director of the Kasari Autism Research Lab, Jennie Grammer, Assistant Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education/Human Development and Psychology and Maryanne Wolf, Director, Center for Reading and Language Research, Tufts University, will present. The new UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools led by Distinguished Professor of Education Pedro Noguera and director Joe Bishop kicks off with a two-day summit on November 8 and 9 titled, Reimagine Education. On November 4, the UCLA Writing Project at Center X hosts With Different Eyes: A Conference for Teachers of Diverse English Learners Across the Disciplines. Django Paris, co-author and co-editor of “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies” keynotes.

Distinguished Professor of Education Pedro Noguera

Bruins at Ed&IS also head off campus to share the word. Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco travels to Rome in November to share the findings from last spring’s international workshop at UCLA with the Pontifical Academies of Sciences on Humanitarianism and Mass Migration. The findings will be presented at the Vatican during a meeting “Health of People and Planet: Our Responsibility.”  The meeting will be attended by leaders from nations across the globe, government officials, leading academic thinkers and theologians and activists.

Research and Learning

As always, research and learning are at the forefront of the work at UCLA Ed&IS.  In September, Professor and Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA (CRP) Gary Orfield and researcher Jongyeon Ee publish new CRP research commissioned by the Leroy Collins Institute at Florida State University examining the re-segregation of Florida Schools. CRP is examining segregation and charter schools, with additional looks at these issues in New Jersey and Washington D.C. UCLA Professor and CRP co-director Patricia Gándara continues work on the UC Mexico Initiative and is leading the process to establish ties between the California Department of Education and the education department in Mexico. CRP will publish new research detailing the plight of students we share across the border between California and Mexico. UCLA’s Black Male Institute doctoral student Earl Edwards, who last spring published a commentary in Education Week entitled “Advice From a Formerly Homeless Youth,” continues with the Institute’s growing work and research looking at vulnerable populations across Los Angeles, including homeless and foster youth.

Distinguished Research Professor Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles

Information Studies Distinguished Professor Christine Borgman and her team at the Center for Knowledge Structures continue their major study, “If Data Sharing is the Answer, What is the Question?” Education Professor Linda Sax is currently leading the BRAID (Building Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity) research project, a study focused on efforts to attract and retain women and students of color in computing majors. This fall, the team will attend industry and scholarly conferences around the country and administer follow-up surveys to thousands of computing students nationwide.

Professor Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, the director of the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), and her team are analyzing data from a new research effort, “Improving the Financial Aid Process in Community Colleges Through Text Messaging,” a study of more than 1,000 students examining the use of texting to assist community college students in accessing needed resources and support. The research will be submitted for publication later this fall. HERI has also already begun gathering data for the 2017 version of its annual survey of “The American Freshman.”  The survey is led by Assistant Professor Kevin Eagan, director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program.

Professor Carola Suárez-Orozco and the team at the UCLA Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education are reviewing and coding of thousands of hours of classroom video in a systematic examination of the enactment of teacher bias in the classroom.

Professor of Education Rashmita Mistry

Professors Alison Bailey and Rashmita Mistry continue their evaluation of the Learning in Two Languages program (now known as Three Bs/Tres Bs), at UCLA Lab School. To date, the study has revealed predominantly successful trajectories of student Spanish and English language proficiency and academic performance in English and mathematics, and provided an understanding of students’ cognitive, social and intrapersonal development in bilingual contexts. In October, Bailey and Mistry will share their research with parents at UCLA Lab School.  Working with UCLA colleagues and teachers at UCLA Lab School, Mistry is also exploring the attitudes of young children about wealth and poverty including an intervention study to design, implement, and evaluate an arts-based inquiry unit to teach children about wealth, poverty and civic responsibility. Bailey also received a new NSF grant and is beginning work with Abeer Alawan of UCLA Engineering and the MIT Media Lab to conduct language and literacy development research at UCLA Lab School with kindergartners in the iSTEAM Lab and their families.

Professor John Rogers co-edits the October issue of PS: Political Science and Politics, one of the flagship journals of the American Political Science Association. The issue features a special section on teaching and learning about economic inequality. Rogers co-authored the issue’s introductory article, as well as another about teaching about economic inequality in U.S. high schools.  Also included is an article by Professor Rashmita Mistry (with several students and former students) entitled “The Politics and Pedagogy of Economic Inequality,” as well as highlights of a roundtable featuring Professor Pedro Noguera among others.

Professor Carola Suárez-Orozco, co-director of the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education.

Distinguished Education Research Professor Sandra Harding is helping to launch a new open access journal: Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society. Created through affiliations with the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) and the Associación Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia and others, the journal seeks to explore the diversity and richness of Latin American STS issues, perspectives and research methods and to examine the creative flows of influence between Latin America and Euro-American cultures. UCLA Professor of Education Teresa McCarty is a member of the journal’s International Advisory Board.

Professor Carola Suárez-Orozco and Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco joined with Adam Strom to launch Re-imagining Migrationa new organization created to foster understanding about the successful inclusion of migrant youth across the globe. There is a new website offering information and resources for educators, and in November, the project will launch a new I’m-Migration digital story telling application to gather and share the experiences and stories of migrants.

Information Studies Professor Anne Gilliland continues her work with the national Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) to create a larger more diverse cohort of doctoral students in archival studies through the Emerging Archival Scholars Program.

UCLA Education Partnership Schools

The largest new project is the launch of the new Mann UCLA Community School in South Los Angeles. After months of planning and preparation, classes got underway with 500 students in August with seven new teachers hired from the UCLA Teacher Education Program. UCLA will bring ideas, resources and support to the partnership with the LAUSD, parents and community members to transform learning opportunities for students.  Already, there is a new robotics club and plans for a “Math Concert” for families to engage students in math activities and provide information to support mathematical thinking at home. The UCLA Parent Project will host SciGirls at the school to motivate tween girls in science, technology, engineering, and math, and encourage community engagement around STEM.  UCLA Chancellor Gene Block will join with UCLA undergrads to help out at the school on UCLA Volunteer Day on October 7.

Emeritus Professor of Education Wellford “Buzz” Wilms, is making inroads to research and civic engagement in South L.A. for UCLA undergrads.

A new school year has also begun at the first UCLA Community School at the Robert F. Kennedy school site in the Pico/Union area of Los Angeles.  A little more than 1,000 students in grades K-12, parents and community members join with teachers, school administrators, staff, community members and UCLA staff and volunteers in a groundbreaking effort that has seen high school graduation, college-going and persistence rates rise significantly. Be sure to check out their new website, which includes the final 2016-17 annual report showing how the school is advancing learning and furthering the community schools movement. This fall, UCLA Community School is expanding its K-5 Spanish and Korean bilingual program to K-12. Among other activities, Barbara Drucker, Associate Dean of Arts and Architecture at UCLA, will be teaching an art seminar class with our Grace Maddox, who was recently awarded LAUSD Teacher of the Year. The paintings created will be auctioned off to support college scholarships at the school.

UCLA Emeritus Professor Wellford “Buzz” Wilms, will publish “Blind to Injustice: How I Learned to See from Eight Years on the Streets with the LAPD and the People,” a new book challenging misconceptions of life in South Los Angeles. Wilms is collaborating with Mann UCLA Community School to bring trained UCLA undergraduate mediators to work at the site to reduce conflict among students and teach alternatives to violence.

Professional Learning Opportunities For Educators

Working to strengthen teaching and learning, Ed&IS is providing professional learning opportunities to educators across the southland. Professor William Sandoval and UCLA Science Project Director Lynn Kim Jong continue their work to help teachers in Montebello and other school districts deepen their knowledge of science and improve science teaching practices.  As they do, they are helping educators to understand and use the new Next Generation Science Standards. The Science Project is also working with the LAUSD and area museums to further informal science instruction access. The California Mathematics Project is holding Lesson Study facilitator training September 28-29 in San Diego to build the capacity of CMP sites in CA to increase the pedagogical content knowledge of mathematics teachers. Center X Coaching Partnerships holds an eight-day seminar on Cognitive Coaching Foundations to help educators develop the knowledge and skills to support the complex intellectual process of teaching.  In October, the UCLA Mathematics Project held a two-day seminar to help teachers and administrators learn Cognitively Guided Instruction strategies and practices to help second language learners advance their mathematical knowledge and language. The work of the UCLA National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Project continues in October and November as teachers take part in learning activities in pursuit of National Board Certification.

Professor of Information Studies Christine Borgman

In late September and October, the Professional Learning program at Center X hosts the 2nd Annual Argentina Institute working with more than 200 educators from Argentina to share information on the latest research, training and resources for educational practices and leadership development. Center X also launches a new Institute for Cultural Sustainability & Educational Equity, led by Director Tonikiaa Orange.  The Institute is working with educators to develop their knowledge and understanding of why and how culture is connected to teaching and learning and to serve as a catalyst toward greater equity for students in schools.  Senior Researcher Jane Margolis and Julie Flapan, director of the UCLA Computer Science Project, are working with policymakers, educators, and advocates in preparation for the launch of CSforCA, a new campaign advocating for high quality K-12 computer science education and access for all students.

New Courses & New People

Information Studies is launching an important new course on privacy and information technology taught by Distinguished Professor Christine Borgman. Professor Carola Suárez-Orozco will teach Socialization: Making the Rules of the Academy Transparent. And Assistant Professor David G. Garcia, will teach Applying History Methods to Educational Research.  The course focuses on the application of history methods to education with a special emphasis on the under researched histories of people of color.

Professor of Information Studies Ramesh Srinivasan

Ed&IS is pleased to welcome two new people. Miriam Posner joins the Information Studies faculty as an assistant professor in information studies and digital humanities. And Brian Schottlaender joins IS as the new director of the Senior Fellows program, engaging future academic library leaders on approaches to issues confronting academic institutions and their libraries.

As you can see, a lot is happening and there is more.  But with apologies to the many faculty, staff and projects that may not have been mentioned, that’s it for now.  Happy Fall.

UCLA Ed&IS FACULTY BOOKSHELF – A Sampling of Faculty Publications this Fall

  • Information Studies Associate Professor Sarah T. Roberts is putting the final touches on her forthcoming book, “Behind the Screen: Digitally Laboring in Social Media’s Shadow World.” The book builds on Roberts’s much-cited work exploring commercial content moderation and its impact on workers.
  • “Comparing Ethnographies: Local Studies of Education Across the Americas,” edited by UCLA Education Professor Kathryn Anderson-Levitt with Elise Rockwell, published by AERA.  The new book argues for crossing borders to compare ethnographic research across the Americas. Chapters are co-authored by ethnographers from two different nations and call into question familiar interpretations of concepts like “minorities,” “migrants,” and “multicultural education.”
  • Information Studies Associate Professor Ramesh Srinivasan, who last spring published “Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Impacts Our World” with NYU Press, is working to wrap up “After the Internet” (with Adam Fish) for Polity Press with plans for release in December.
  • Teacher Education Program Faculty Advisor Jeff Share, whose recent book “Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference,” was published this summer, will publish a new article, “Preparing Educators to Teach Critical Media Literacy,” in The SoJo Journal from Information Age Publishing.


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